Conference News: What I learned this week – December 14, 2018

With Our Powers Combined: The teams behind ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) conference and Reed Exhibition’s Infosecurity Group will be joining forces in 2019 with a new conference called Infosecurity ISACA North America Expo and Conference. It will debut in New York City’s Javits Convention Center from 20-21 November 2019. According to the official statement, “ISACA will bring experience developed since the 2015 launch of its CSX Conferences, expert workshop series, certification preparation sessions, and latest developments related to the CSX Training Platform, all to the new event programming. Infosecurity, which entered the North American conference arena in 2017, will build on its strengths in industry expositions, media, immersive learning and leadership networks.” The organizers expect approximately 2,000 attendees at the new event.

The Incite Scoop on Europe: Incite summit is taking their senior Brand Marketing Summit NYC to Europe for the first time in June of 2019. The group hosted its first ever customer service summit in Europe in 2018 and it was hugely successful, including 200 high profile brands.  The European Brand Marketing Summit will be very similar to the NYC event in terms of topics and format – featuring one keynote and two tracks in the afternoon. The conference is currently slated for mid- June in London.

Security re:Invented: Just prior to its annual re:Invent conference, AWS announced that they would be launching their first conference dedicated to cloud security: AWS re:Inforce. The event will offer a deep dive into the latest approaches to security best practices and risk management utilizing AWS services, features, and tools. The inaugural conference will be held in Boston, MA on 25 – 26 June 2019. More details will be offered here as we get closer to the conference dates.

Speaking Opportunity: The Conference at MWC19 Shanghai will offer insights on current and future trends and into the key role that the Asian technology community plays in creating a better future. Some of the topics covered on next year’s agenda include: AI, 5G, Content and Media Transformation, Future Mobility, Banking and Telecom Convergence, Smart Homes, Data Trust & Security, and Blockchain. Submit via the online form by 31 January.

 Lunchtime Learning: The annual Women in the World summit, “a convening of mighty women leaders, blazing activists and courageous movers and shakers who will move you with their provocative first-person storytelling and shake up your worldview,” will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 10 – 12 April 2019. To mark 10 years, they will “share the stories of women on the front edge of change who have presided over this great awakening in the global women’s movement and are leading it into the next decade.” Get ready for this milestone anniversary by watching some of the amazing and inspiring speakers who have graced the WITW stage previously.

Coming Up Next Week: You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout. But yes, most major industry events go on holiday hiatus this week through the New Year. Need a conference fix to cheer you up and get you through until CES? Technical-minded professionals can check out events like the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) (13-16 December; San Francisco) and the 4th International Conference on Big Data and Information Analytics (17-19 December; Houston). Meanwhile, digital marketers in India can head to Digital Marketing Summit Hyderabad on 16 December.

 And regardless of the events you attend over the next two weeks, don’t forget to keep your eye to the sky – because Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Conference News: What I learned this week – January 5, 2018

Disrupt Disruption: TechCrunch’s Disrupt in San Francisco has grown to become the flagship of TechCrunch’s annual event lineup. Last year’s conference attracted more than 5000 attendees!  That is why the team behind Disrupt decided to make some changes in 2018 – hosting a single Disrupt event in the US, which will attract an audience twice the size of past years.  The conference will be held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco from 5 – 8 September. According to the event organizers, “With more space, we’ll be able to go deeper — more exhibiting startups, workshops, programming and demos — on fast-emerging, new categories like AI, CRISPR, blockchain, mobility, crypto-currencies, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles and space and robotics, to name a few. And none of that will take away from more “traditional” startup categories like enterprise, e-commerce and the rest.” Although this means that the New York event will cease to exist, TechCrunch does still plan to host a European Disrupt in 2018.

Forbes Heads to the Heartland: When Forbes planted the seeds of its AgTech event, it never anticipated such amazing growth! The conference organizers have announce that in 2018 they will host a another AgTech conference, in addition to the Salinas gathering, in America’s Heartland.  AgTech Indianapolis will take place from 26 – 27 September and aims to “bring together some of the smartest minds in technology and global agriculture to tackle the world’s most critical challenges to our food supply.” Forbes is aiming for an audience of approximately 300. Click here for more information on the event.

Speaking Opportunity: The GSMA is now accepting speaker suggestions for MWC Shanghai which run from 27 – 29 June 2018 across several venues including the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), the Kerry Hotel Pudong and the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel. The Conference will feature thought-provoking presentations from some of the mobile industry’s most influential executives who will share their visions of the mobile industry while providing essential insights on current and future trends. If you have a topic that is relevant to the mobile ecosystem, make your suggestion via the online form by 19 January.

Lunchtime Learning: Speaking of TechCrunch Disrupt, if you have not had the chance to attend one of these conferences, you can still catch all of the action online.  Watch mainstage keynotes, Battlefield presentations and Hackathon highlights here. Speakers such as Classpass CEO Fritz Lanman; computer security researcher and entrepreneur Moxie Marlinspike, and Founder and Chief Product Officer at Nest, Matt Rogers will share their thoughts on the hottest tech trends of the day.

Coming up next week: All eyes are on Las Vegas, where CES and its ancillary events explore the latest in consumer tech, enterprise innovations, and more, drawing attention even outside the business world. While the official CES program runs from 9 – 12 January with its own conference sessions and enormous show floor, a host of other programs, receptions, and workshops run concurrently, focusing on specific technologies and catering to niche demographics. A few examples include: Digital Hollywood at CES (8 – 12 January), which draws experts in the TV, film, telecom, and tech space; VR Fest (9 – 12, January), featuring top industry speakers from the global immersive entertainment community; Connections Summit (9 January), focusing on IoT and connected home business models; Kids@Play (9 – 12 January), looking at the new ways that digital natives learn, create and communicate; and IDC at CES (10 January), which explores macro trends affecting the connected consumer.

Conference News: What I learned this week – June 23

What’s Next for Forbes: After receiving such an overwhelming interest from potential speakers, partners and attendees in the West Coast Forbes CIO Summit last April, the conference team decided to host a second CIO event on the East Coast this fall, called CIO Next. From 15 – 16 October in New York, Forbes will convene approximately 100 of the most noteworthy CIOs in the business to find out what is next for the those who have “made great advances in contributing value to their enterprises, to customers, and to the broader technology ecosystem.” More about CIO Next can be found here.

TV Troops Together: The National Association of Broadcasters, the Audio Engineering Society, the NY State Broadcasters Association, and NewBay Media, LLC have joined forces to create the Media Collective this fall in New York.  The Media Collective is “a weeklong collaboration of simultaneous media and entertainment events, providing the entire media and entertainment community with exposure to global thought-leaders, innovative solutions and new platforms ready to reshape and expand your business.” All of the events will be co-located and share specialty registration pricing and packages.

Big Data Expands: After three years of successful growth, Conference Ventures has decided to expand its Indy Big Data Conference into the Washington D.C. area.  The Washington Big Data Conference will take place on 2 October, attracting IT industry experts and business leaders from the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia markets who are interested in learning more about best practices and tangible solutions for proving a return on Big Data investments. The Indy Big Data Conference will return to Indianapolis on 14 September.

Speaking Opportunity: Get ready, Seattle! PAX West comes to town from 1 – 4 September bringing tens of thousands of gamers from around the world. If you have energetic, intelligent, and fascinating content that is relevant to the gaming industry and culture, submit your idea today.  The online speaker submission process will be open until 30 June.

Lunchtime Learning: Salesforce’s Dreamforce Conference brings together business and IT leaders, developers, media and thousands of professionals utilizing “the world’s largest cloud ecosystem” for “four high-energy days of fun, inspiration, networking, and giving back.”  Held in San Francisco each year, the 2017 conference will run from 6 – 9 November. Last year the event debuted its Fortune CEO Series, where editors interviewed top ‘disruptors’ such as General Motors Chairman & CEO, Mary T. Barra; Bank of America Chairman & CEO, Brian Moynihan; Schneider Electric Chairman & CEO, Jean-Pascal Tricoire and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson. Watch now to see these leaders discuss innovation and leadership.

Coming up next week: We see a handful of events before the conference world largely goes on a week-long summer break for early July holidays. Mobile World Congress Shanghai runs 28 June – 1 July and showcases “The Human Element” as its theme. Like its Americas and European counterparts, this huge conference and expo aspires to be the premier telecom event for the APAC region. Also 28 June, ITVT’s TV of Tomorrow (TVOT) Show holds its West coast program in San Francisco, geared toward operators, broadcasters, ConnectedTV/OTT companies, platform & software developers. Organizers expect around 500 to attend. In San Antonio this week, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference and Expo caters to teachers, technology coordinators, and administrators looking to infuse their teaching with new and innovative ed tech.